I've seen this movie a couple of times now, all of them in normal 2D
since I think every movie should be judged by its basic format free
from any gimmick. I really liked this movie a lot, although there are a
couple of aspects that were a setback to me which I'm gonna list below.
First of are the cliché's, How To Train Your Dragon has a lot of
cliché's particularly in its characters; you have the tough girl that
everyone likes, the aggressive bully, the nerdy fat kid, the annoying
'funny' twins. These are all things that regular movie-goers probably
won't mind, but for me they felt kind of tiresome and I felt that it
didn't add a lot to the overall picture, nor do I feel that any of them
were particularly funny or entertaining as characters.
The other thing that I didn't really like was the voice of our main
protagonist Hiccup (Jay Baruchel). This is somewhat a hit or miss,
because he does seem to do a pretty good job with the voice, and at
times he does come across like he's having a good time but to me his
nasally voice gets a bit irritating. But this is just a minor personal
preference. The voice-cast overall is pretty damn good though, if you
can at least appreciate the humour of vikings with over the top
These are the few downsides of the movie, but How To Train Your Dragon
luckily has a lot of entertainment to offer. To begin with, the visuals
are great. Particularly the flying-scenes are easily the highlight of
the movie, which I think most people would agree with me. Besides that,
the movie has just the right pacing, giving us good insight into the
relationship between Hiccup and Toothless. The creators also avoided
turning this into a typical love-story which I liked, and the ending is
spectacular to say the least.
How To Train Your Dragon is a excellent movie for the entire family
like you would expect from a company like Dreamworks. Well worth the
money and time..
Daugon watch Hallam Foe movie
Resident Evil Afterlife was been then I hoped..
Daugon watch Brother's War movie
I can't wait until part II of Harry Potter this coming July..
rosezent watch The Truth About Cats & Dogs movie
carl_griff watch The River King movie
classical family movie.
matska watch Robinson Crusoe On Mars movie
finaljy a family film that is not boring.
this movie is brilliant!.
Amazing, the best Dreamworks film in a long time
I love animation, always have done, always will do, and I was blown
away by How to Train Your Dragon. Granted, not all Dreamworks movies
are bad, Prince of Egypt is one of the most stirring and evocative
films let alone animated films I have seen, Shrek was very original and
funny and Spirit:Stallion of the Cimarron is their most underrated I
feel. I will say too, How to Train Your Dragon along with Prince of
Egypt is my absolute favourite of Dreamworks, and one of the best of
The story is very engaging; there is nothing too sophisticated for kids
and nothing too childish for adults. It is instead an intelligent,
moving story that moves along at a good pace, and I for one didn't find
it that predictable, and I loved the bonding scenes between Toothless
and Hiccup which were suitably poignant. The script is also very
strong, it is thoughtful and touching at times but also amusing when it
needs to be.
The characters are another strength. Hiccup is appealing as a
protagonist, and Toothless is really quite cute for a dragon. Hiccup's
father Stoick is a good character too, he is gruff and such but you can
tell he cares for his son. The voice acting too I had no problem with,
to me they did fit well with the characters, Jay Baruchal's excitement
and enthusiasm contrasts wonderfully with Gerard Butler's restrained,
gruff yet sensitive performance.
Where How to Train Your Dragon really excels though are in its visuals
and music score. The animation is outstanding, while the characters are
modelled convincingly the real revelations are in the stunning flying
sequences and the beautiful lavish backgrounds. Oh and the fight
sequences are equally spectacular, haunting but also very gripping and
almost epic. John Powell's score is a revelation, and one of my
favourite scores in a film of recent times. Sometimes soaring,
sometimes dramatic, sometimes energetic, in fact no matter what mood is
conveyed, the score compliments it to perfection.
So overall, there is very little else to say about this film, other
than to say it is a must-see in my opinion. 10/10 Bethany Cox.